Motorcycling journalist Jimmy Walker has died

Jimmy Walker.
Jimmy Walker.

Northern Ireland motorcycling journalist Jimmy Walker has died after suffering from a long illness.

Mr Walker, who was 78, covered the sport for the Belfast Telegraph and reported on legendary names including Joey and Robert Dunlop.

A professional journalist with many years experience, he joined the Belfast Telegraph in 1963 as the paper’s horse racing correspondent and worked for the title until recent years.

He received awards for his services to Northern Ireland racing from Down Royal and Downpatrick in 1996 and fulfilled the role of Deputy Sports Editor of the Belfast Telegraph for many years.

Belfast Telegraph Group Sports Editor, Jim Gracey, said: “It is very sad news about Jimmy. He was a hugely respected sports journalist.”

Mr Walker was a close friend of Robert Dunlop and his wife Louise and wrote a book about the motorcycle road racing great, ‘Robert Dunlop: Life and Times of a Legend,’ who was killed following a crash at the North West 200 in 2008.

He is also the author of a book on Joey Dunlop - ‘Just Joey’ - who lost his life in a racing accident at Tallinn in Estonia in 2000.

Robert Dunlop’s former mechanic, Liam Beckett, expressed his condolences on Twitter after hearing the news earlier on Tuesday, saying: “Very sad news that legendary motorcycle journalist Jimmy Walker has passed away.”